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Collection policy

Frank Waugh's doves
Garden (white fan tailed doves in bird bath) by Frank Waugh, ca.1920

“… there must come vast social change in the United States; a change not violent, but by the will of the people certain and inexorable; carried out ‘with malice toward none but charity for all'; with meticulous justice to the rich and complete sympathy for the poor, the sick and the ignorant; with freedom and democracy for America, and on earth Peace, Good Will toward men.”

W.E.B. Du Bois, Chicago, June 29, 1951

In pursuit of our mission, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value relating to four major thematic areas: the history and experience of social change in America; the histories and cultures of New England with an emphasis on Massachusetts; innovation and entrepreneurship; and the broad community associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our collections are highly integrated and span all formats, including personal papers and organizational records, books and periodicals, maps, photographs, audio and video recordings, and digital materials of all kinds.

Our approach to collecting

Echoing the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, SCUA collects original materials that document the histories and experiences of social change in America and the organizational, intellectual, and individual ties that unite disparate struggles for social justice, human dignity, and equality. Our decision to adopt social change as a collecting focus emerged from considering one of Du Bois’s great insights: that the most fundamental issues in social justice are so deeply interconnected that no movement — and no solution to social ills — can succeed in isolation. Rather than focus on individual movements, we therefore focus on the connections between and among movements and the flow of people, organizations, and ideas, all in the hope of better representing the true histories of social engagement in America and laying the foundation for a deeper understanding of the experience of social change.

A related feature of SCUA’s approach to collecting is our commitment to documenting “whole lives and whole communities.” Rather than focus just on a person’s “significant” actions or ideas, our goal is to represent the person’s entire life in all its complexity: the person’s background, the events themselves, and the aftermath, as well as the range of colleagues and organizations engaged. Our goal is not to highlight simply the great achievements and great people, but to reveal the broad underpinnings of influences, interests, and organizations that shaped them and the communities in which they operated.

While not exhaustive, the following is a synopsis of the primary focal points for SCUA’s collections:

Social change

Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between social movements and centers of activist energy, SCUA collects materials from individuals and organizations involved in the struggles for peace and non-violence, social and racial justice, economic justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, alternative energy, organized labor, gay rights, disability rights, spiritual activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities. Our collections branch out to include anti-fluoridation activism, campaigns for voting rights and clean elections, community and charitable organizations, and the history of revolutionary-era Europe (1789-1848).

  • African and African American history and culture: The history of race and ethnicity in America, with particular emphasis on the struggle for racial equality and social justice.
  • Agriculture, horticulture, botany: Including agricultural science and practice, horticulture, animal husbandry, natural history, organic farming, sustainable living, and heritage breeds.
  • Antifluoridation movement: Including right-wing, left-wing, libertarian, popular, and scientific opposition to fluoridation of public water supplies.
  • Antinuclear movement: SCUA holds numerous collections documenting grassroots opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weaponry.
  • Arts management and arts administration:
    In partnership with the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and several other arts agencies, SCUA documents the history of arts administration in America. Collecting the records of state and national arts agencies, we will provide a foundation for research into the evolution of arts policy, strategies for supporting the arts, and the economic and cultural impact of the arts on our communities.
  • Cold War Culture: The culture of the Cold War, with an emphasis upon East Germany, Poland, and Yugoslavia. Among other areas, SCUA has a strong interest in the Solidarity movement and in partnership with the DEFA Film Library, in East German cinema and graphic arts.
  • Disability: Organizational records and collections of personal papers documenting the history of disability and disability rights in the United States.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues: Materials relating to the history and experience of the LGBTQ community and liberation struggles.
  • Labor, work, and industry: Organized labor, industrialization, manufacturing, business history, and the experience and culture of labor and working people.
  • Peace: Materials relating to the peace and antiwar movements and non-violence, with an emphasis on New England.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

SCUA collects materials that document innovative and entrepreneurial activities and particularly social entrepreneurship. Representative collections in SCUA include the papers of Mark H. McCormack (a pioneer in sport and entertainment marketing), Carl C. Harris (inventor and President of Rodney Hunt Co.), and numerous collections that document our region’s distinctive history of innovation in manufacturing and technology.

New England history and culture

The social, political, cultural, intellectual, literary, and economic life, with an emphasis upon western New England. The department houses thousands of books on New England cookery, with a particular emphasis on charitable and community cookbooks and cookbooks and ephemera published by corporations and the food industry.

  • Cookery and culinary history
    SCUA has thousands of cookbooks and other materials on New England regional cuisine, including community and charitable cookbooks, commercial cookbooks by New England authors, corporate cookbooks, and culinary ephemera.
  • Literature and the arts
    Emphasizing poets and writers, playwrights, and the performing arts in New England.
  • Politics and political culture
    SCUA has rich collections documenting the history and politics of the Commonwealth, including the papers of Congressmen Silvio O. Conte and John Olver, State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, and State Representative John Clark; and the records of the Hampshire Council of Governments and several individual towns.

University Archives interests

Serving as the memory of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available official and non-official records documenting the people, policies, programs, facilities, and activities of the campus community, including its administration, departments and programs, faculty, and staff. The Archives avidly collects materials that reflect the lives and experiences of its students and alumni and that reflect our history as one of the Commonwealth’s two land grant institutions.

Other areas

SCUA has developed depth in a handful of other collecting areas, including:

  • American Study of Japan and Asia
    American relations with Japan from the Meiji period to the present, and connections with China and other Asian countries.
  • Gravestone studies and death
    Materials relating to the history, culture, preservation, and interpretation of gravestones and related subjects.
  • Protistology
    Records of the scholarly study of the protista (protozoans).

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P

Pagan Association, UMass (Religious Groups) (1989- )
RG-45/70/P3
Paintings
see Portraits (Iconographic Materials) RG-182/2
see also Water Color Paintings (Memorabilia, general) RG-183/5
Pakistani Student Association (PSA) (1996- )
RG-45/40/P2
Pan Hellenic Council (1959-1983)
RG-45/90/P3
see also Social Union (1872-1940) RG-45/90/S6
Pandemonia (1971-1972)
RG-25/S7/00
Panoramic Photos
RG-170
PAP
see Photo Archives Project (PAP) RG-172
Parachute Club, Sport (1975-1995)
RG-45/40/P3
Parchment, The Sylvan
see Sylvan Parchment, The (1976) RG-45/00/S11
Parents Day (Official University Committee) (1925)
RG-40/2/P2
Parents Newsletter (1962-1968)
RG-1/00/4
Parking and Transportation Council (1972-1975)
RG-40/2/P3
see also Traffic and Parking Appeals Board (1972- ) RG-40/2/T7
Parking Appeals Board, Traffic and
see Traffic and Appeals Board (1972- ) RG-40/2/T7
Parking Coordinator, Transportation
RG-30/20
see also Transit Service (Student Senate Committee) RG-45/7/T7
and
Parking Services (1994- ) RG-35/21
Parking Enforcement
see Parking Services RG-35/21
Parking Office
see Parking Coordinator RG-30/20
Parking Services (1994- ) RG-35/21
Parking Services (1994- )
RG-35/21
Pass-Fail, ad hoc Sub-Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967)
RG-40/2/A3
Patent Review Committee (Faculty Senate, 1986-1987)
RG-40/2/A3
Pau, France–UMass Summer School at
see French and Italian Department–Pau, France (UMass Summer School) RG-25/F9
PAUMA
see Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PAUMA) RG-40/5/P7
see also Professional Staff Organization (PSO) RG-40/5/P7.7
PAUMA Bulletin (1987-1989)
RG-40/5/P7
Payroll, Personnel
see Personnel, Payroll (Human Resources Office) RG-35/2
Peace and Justice in the Middle East, UMass Faculty and Staff for (unofficial organization) (1990-1991)
RG-40/3/P1
Peace Corps (UMass Training Program, Africa) (1962)
see International Programs RG-6/4/9
Peace in Central America, Faculty and Staff for (unofficial organization)
RG-40/3/P2
Peacemakers, UMass (1982-1984)
RG-45/80/P4
see also Peacemakers Records (1963-1990) MS309
Peer Sex Education Program RG-30/15/2/2

Pelham Quarry
see Quarry, Pelham (Physical Plant) (1866) RG-36/50/Q8
People for A Socially Responsible University (PSRU)(Student Social Action Group) (1989-1990)
RG-45/80/P5
People For Choice (Student Social Action Group) (1989)
RG-45/80/P6
People’s Gay Alliance
see Gay Alliance, People’s (Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Alliance) RG-45/40/G3
People’s Market (1974- )
RG-45/40/P4
People’s Market — Collective Works (2002)
see Collective Works (People’s Market) (2002) RG-45/00/C4.9
People’s News-Stand (1975-1977)
RG-45/40/P4.5
PERI
see Political Economy Research Instiute (PERI) (1998- ) RG-25/E1.6
Personnel Affairs, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1971)
RG-40/2/A3
Personnel and Financial Services, Director of
see Business Office, Director of Personnel and Financial Services RG-35/3
Personnel, Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations
see Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations and Personnel RG-3/17/1
Personnel Office Newsletter (1962, 1966-1968, 1972-1975)
RG-35/2
Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)
RG-35/2
Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Classified Employment Opportunities
see Classified Employment Opportunities ("Yellow Sheet") RG-35/2
Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Employment Opportunities
see Employment Opportunities ("Beige Sheet") RG-35/2
Personnel/Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Personnel Office Newsletter
see Personnel Office Newsletter RG-35/2
Personnel Policies ad hoc Committee on, Multicampus Academic (1974-75)
see Inter-Campus Committees (2-campus and 3-campus) RG-3/100
Personnel, Vice President for Labor Relations and, Assistant
see Vice President for Labor Relations and Personnel, Assistant RG-3/17/1
Perspectives (Housing Services) (1980-1985)
RG-32/00
Pest Control Guide for Commercial Growers in Massachusetts and Connecticut
see Extension Service, Cooperative– Pest Control Guide for Commercial Growers in
Massachusetts and Connecticut (1971-1975) RG-15/8
Pesticide Chemical Information Center
RG-25/E4.9
Phi Alpha Theta (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/P2
Phi Beta Kappa (Honor Society) (1932- )
RG-40/3/P3
Phi Beta Kappa News Bulletin (1937-1965)
RG-40/3/P3
see also Key Reporter, The (1936-1963, 1974-1978) RG-40/3/P3
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program
see Phi Beta Kappa RG-40/3/P3
Phi Beta Sigma (1985-1989)
RG-45/90/P4
Phi Delta Kappa (1984, 1993)
RG-45/90/P5
Phi Eta Sigma (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/P5
Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society) (1904- )
RG-40/3/P4
Phi Mu Delta (1980-1993)
RG-45/90/P5.2
Phi Sigma Alpha (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/P6
Phi Sigma Delta (1978, 1985)
RG-45/90/P5.5
Phi Sigma Kappa (1873-1973)
RG-45/90/P5.6
Phi Sigma Pi (1996)
RG-45/60/P6.25
Philosophy Department
RG-25/P2
Phonodiscs (Sound Recordings)
RG-185/1
Photo Archives Project (PAP)
RG-172
Photo Center (Photographic and Motion Picture Services)
RG-5/7
Photo Center Slide Collection
RG-187/2
Photo Collection, Fred Moore
see Fred Moore Photo Collection RG-173
Photo Negatives Collection
see University Photo Negatives Collection RG-171
Photographer’s Association (1962-1973)
RG-45/40/P5
Photographic and Motion Picture Services
see Photo Center (Photographic and Motion Picture Services) RG-5/7
Photographic Services (University Relations and Development)
see Photo Center RG-5/7
Photographs
RG-100 thru RG-176
Photographs (proof sheets)
see Proof Sheets (photographs) RG-176
Photography Club, University
see Photographer’s Association RG-45/40/P5
Photos, Oversize
see Oversize Photos RG-175
see also Lithographs RG-182/1
Photos, Panoramic
see Panoramic Photos RG-170
Physical Education, Men’s Department
RG-25/P3.1
Physical Education, Professional Preparation in
RG-25/P3.3
Physical Education, School of
see School of Physical Education RG-18
Physical Education, Women’s Department (WOPE)
RG-25/P3.2
Physical Plant (Department)
RG-36
Physical Plant Department, Director
RG-36/1
Physical Plant Publications
RG-36/00
see also Mainstay (Physical Plant) (1969-1978) RG-36/00
Physical Plant Subject Files
RG-36/50
Physical Sciences Library (1961- )
RG-8/3/10
Physics and Astronomy–Cognitive Development Project
RG-25/P3/3
Physics and Astronomy Department
RG-25/P3
See also collections relating to members of the Physics Department
Physics and Astronomy–Five College Astronomical Society
RG-25/P3
Physics and Astronomy–Five College Radio and Astronomy Observatory
RG-25/P3
Physics and Astronomy–Scientific Reasoning Research Institute
RG-25/P3/3
Pi Beta Phi (1964-1966)
RG-45/90/P5.7
Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) (1988)
RG-45/90/P5.9
Pi Tau Sigma (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/P6.5
Picketing, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967-1971,1987)
RG-40/2/A3
Picketing and Recruitment, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1987)
RG-40/2/A3
Pierce College (School of Management)
RG-12/6
PIKE
see Phi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) RG-45/90/P5.9
Pistol Team
see Sports-Men’s Pistol Team (1966) RG-18/2
Placement Files (Microfilm)
RG-190/9
Placement Service, Career Planning and
see Career Planning and Placement Service RG-30/9/5
see also Placement File (Microfilm) RG-190/1
Planning
see Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) RG-4/3/4
Planning and Budget, Office of
see Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Planning and Facilities Development, Office of
RG-36/3
Planning and Resource Development Series
see Holdsworth Natural Resources Center–Planning and Resource Development Series (#’s 1-28) RG-15/3
Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1970-1980)
RG-40/2/A3
see also Campus Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1960, 1974-1975) RG-40/2/A3
Campus Physical Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1974- ) RG-40/2/A3
Master Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1961-1974) RG-40/2/A3
Long Range Planning Committee, ad hoc (Faculty Senate, 1966-1971) RG-40/2/A3
Planning Office (1965- )
RG-6/15/4
Planning, Project
see Director of Business Procedure and Project Planning RG-3/4/5
Planning, Vice President for
see Vice President for Planning RG-3/7
Plans (Cartographic Materials)
RG-181/4
Plant and Soil Sciences Department
RG-25/P4
Plant Biology
RG-25/P4.5
Plant Pathology Department
RG-25/P5
Plant Pathology–Florists’ and Gardeners’ Club
RG-25/P5
Plaque (Student Publication) (1939)
RG-45/00/P4
Plaques (Memorial)
see Memorial Stones and Plaques (Physical Plant) RG-36/50/M4
see also Plaques (Memorabilia, General) RG-183/3
Plaques (Memorabilia, general)
RG-183/3
see also Memorial Stones and Plaques RG-36/50/M4
Plato User’s Group Newsletter, UMass
see Massachusetts CAI Consortium Newsletter (1985- ) RG-29/00
Plays, Films and (Posters)
see Films and Plays (Poster Collection) RG-180/4
Poetry Circular (Student Publication) (1963)
RG-45/00/P5
Pointers for Pork Profits
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Pointers for Pork Profits (1949, 1954, 1968-1974) RG-15/8
Police
RG-30/18
Police Officers, International Brotherhood of
see International Brotherhood of Police Officers (NAGE) RG-40/5/P6
Polish Farmer’s Day (1911-1924)
RG-15/8
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) (1998- )
RG-25/E1.6
Political Science Department
RG-25/P6
Political Science Department–Public Administration, Graduate Program
RG-25/P6/1
Polity (Political Science Department) (1968- )
RG-25/P6/00
Polo Team
see Sports-Men’s Polo Team (ca. 1896) RG-18/2
Polymer Research
see Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) RG-25/P7.5
Polymer Research Institute
RG-9/8
see also Polymer Science and Engineering Program RG-25/P7
Polymer Science and Engineering Program
RG-25/P7
Pomology
see Plant and Soil Sciences RG-25/P4
Pond, Campus
see Campus Pond and Isle of View (Physical Plant) RG-36/104/P6
Poor Women’s Task Force (Everywoman’s Center)
RG-7/2/2/4
Population Studies, Certificate Program in
RG-25/P6.2
Portraits (Iconographic Materials)
RG-182/2
Portuguese Club (1976-1977)
RG-45/40/P6
Portuguese Department
see Hispanic Literature and Linguistics RG-25/H4
Post-War Period, Massachusetts State College in the
see Massachusetts State College in the Post-War Period (Official University Committee) (1944) RG-40/2/M4.5
Poster Collection
RG-180
Poster Collection, Miscellaneous/Art
RG-180/5
Poultry Club (1927-1954)
RG-45/40/P6.5
POWER
see Progressive Organization of Women’s Rights (POWER) (1989) RG-45/80/P7
Pow-Wow (Student Publication) (1948)
RG-45/00/P6
Precisionettes (Special Student Interest Group) (1946-1965)
RG-45/40/P7
Pre-Law Association (1966-1986)
RG-45/40/P7.4
Pre-Medical Society (1982)
RG-45/40/P7.5
President, Selection Committee to Advice on (Faculty Senate, 1969)
RG-40/2/A3
President, Selection of a (Official University Committee) (1927, 1932-1933, 1968-1969)
RG-40/2/P6
President’s Cabinet
see Cabinet, President’s RG-3/12
Presidents, Individual (1864- ) RG-3/1
see also Presidents (Photographs) RG-110/1
President’s Office
RG-3
President’s Office, Organization Charts (1967- )
RG-3/00/1
President’s Office, Publications (1948- )
RG-3/00
Presidents Photographs
RG-110/1
Press, Committee on Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate, 1962- )
RG-40/2/A3
Press Information (Commencement)
RG-1/7/1
Press, UMass
see University Press RG-10/4
Principal Investigators, Faculty Group of (1978)
RG-40/3/P7
Print Shop (Campus Center)
RG-37/6
Printed Materials (Oversize Materials)
RG-184
Printout (Massachusetts Data, Center for) (1983-1984)
RG-15/8.3
Privacy Task Force
see Committees in Student Affairs–Privacy Task Force RG-30/1/3
Prize Essays
see Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
Prizes
see Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
Process Design and Control, Center in, Industry/University
see Chemical Engineering Department–Industry/University Center In Process Design and Control RG-25/C2/3
Procurement
RG-35/6
Production
see Design and Production RG-39/6
Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PAUMA)
RG-40/5/P7
Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst–Bulletin (PAUMA)
see PAUMA Bulletin RG-40/5/P7
Professional Employees, Union of
see Union of Professional Employees (UPE) RG-40/5/P8
Professional Personnel, Chancellor’s Committee on (1966-1972)
RG-40/2/P7
Professional Preparation in Physical Education
see Physical Education, Professional Preparation in RG-25/P3.3
Professional Schools, Associate Provost for
see Provost for Professional Schools, Associate (1971-1976) RG-6/14
see also Schools themselves RG-12 thru 18
Professional Staff Appeals Committee
RG-40/5/P7.5
Professional Staff Organization (PSO) (1984- )
RG-40/5/P7.7
Professors, American Association of University
see American Association of University Professors (AAUP) RG-40/5/A2
Program and Budget Council of Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate, 1973- )
RG-40/2/A3
Program for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns (1986- )
RG-30/2/6
see also People’s Gay Alliance RG-45/40/G3
Lesbian Union RG-45/40/L4
Program Groups (Student)
see Fine Arts/program groups (Student) RG-45/45/50
Programs, Academic
see Academic Departments, Programs, Institutes, Centers RG-25
Programs (School of Education) (1967-1977)
RG-13/3/25
Progress Report (Experiment Station, 1888- )
see Experiment Station (1888- )–Progress Report (1962- ) RG-15/2.2
Progressive Candidates Pool
RG-45/13
Progressive Organization of Women’s Rights (POWER) (1989-1996)
RG-45/80/P7
Progressive Student (Student Publications) (1984)
RG-45/00/P7
Project ABLE (Affirmative Business Leadership Education) (School of Management)
RG-12/2
Project Bridge (1968)
RG-40/2/P8
Project I Can (College of Arts and Sciences) (1992)
RG-11/8
Project Pulse
see Student Affairs Research and Education Office (SAREO) RG-30/27
Project STRIDE (Springfield Teacher Recruitment to Increase Diversity In Education (1996- )
RG-13/1/2
Project 10, Inquiry Program
RG-32/5
see also Inquiry Program (School of Education) RG-13/4/2/1
Proof Sheets/Contact Sheets (Photographs)
RG-176
Property and Receiving
RG-35/13
Protests and Demonstrations, Student
see Student Protests and Demonstrations RG-45/101
Provost
see Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost RG-6/1
Provost, Assistant to the
RG-6/1/1
Provost for Faculty Relations, Associate (1983-1989)
RG-6/8
Provost for Professional Schools, Associate (1971-1976)
RG-6/14
see also schools themselves RG- 12-18
Provost for Special Programs, Associate (1968-1982)
RG-6/4
see also departments RG-25/A-Z
Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate (1972-1973, 1981- )
RG-6/10
Provost for University Outreach, Interim Vice
RG-6/6
Provost for Women and Minority Groups, Associate (1968-1981)
RG-6/13
see also Affirmative Action Office RG-4/7
Everywoman’s Center RG-7/2
Provost’s Administrative Council
see Deans Council; Provost’s Administrative Council; Academic Deans Meeting (1955-1972) RG-6/2
Provost’s Task Force on Academic Computing
see Computing, Provosts Task Force on Academic (1984-1985) RG-40/2/C6.7
PSA
see Pakistani Student Association (PSA) (1996- )
Psi Chi (Honor Society) RG-45/60/P7

PSO
see Professional Staff Organization (PSO) (1984- ) RG-40/5/P7.7
PSRU
see People for a Socially Responsible University (PSRU) (Student Social Action Group) RG-45/80/P5
Psychological Services Center
RG-25/P8.4
Psychology Department
RG-25/P8
Psychology Department–Behavioral Biology, Dept. of
RG-25/P8
Psychology Department–Cognitive Science Society
RG-25/P8/3
Psychology Newsletter (1987- 1990)
RG-25/P8/00
Psychometric and Evaluation Research, Laboratory of (School of Education)
RG-13/3/23/3.1
Public Administration, Bureau of
see Bureau of Public Administration RG-25/P6.4
Public Administration, Graduate Program in
see Political Science Department–Public Administration, Graduate Program in RG-25/P6
Public Affairs
RG-5
see also Public Affairs (President’s Office) RG-3/10
Public Affairs (President’s Office)
RG-3/10
see also Public Affairs RG-5
Public Affairs, Director of
RG-5/1
Public Affairs Publications
RG-5/00
Public Art Sites, Galleries and
see Galleries & Public Art Sites (Physical Plant) RG-36/50/G2
Public Health Center, Northeast Regional Environmental
see Northeast Regional Environmental Public Health Center RG-17/1/1
Public Health, Division of
RG-17/1
see School of Public Health and Health Sciences RG-17/1
Public Health, Division of–Biopharmaceutical Research Unit
RG-17/1
Public Health, Division of–Biostatistics Technical Reports
RG-17/1
Public Health, Division of–Newsletter (1984-1987)
RG-17/1
Public Health, School of (1989-1993)
see School of Public Health and Health Sciences (1993- ) RG-17
Public Higher Education, Campus Convention on the Future of, Coordinating Committee on the
see Campus Convention on the Future of Public Education, Coordinating Committee on (1995- ) RG-40/3/C2
Public Information (President’s Office)
RG-3/20
Public Information, Office of (Public Affairs)
RG-5/3
see also Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development, RG-39/1.
Public Manager’s Notebook (1981-1988)
see Institute for Governmental Services (IGS) RG-3/8
Public Policy and Administration, Center for
see Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) (1997- ) RG-25/P6.3
Public Policy Committee (Student Senate) (1986- )
RG-45/7/P8
Public-Private Records, Student Affairs Task Force on (1974- )
see Committee in Student Affairs–Privacy Task Force RG-30/1/3
Public Relations, Publications and
see Publications and Public Relations (1954-1956) RG-40/2/P9.2
Public Safety (Department)
RG-30/17
see also Campus Safety News RG-30/17
Public Safety Department (Photographs)
RG-143
Public Safety Monthly Summaries (1973-1990)
RG-30/17
Public School Partnership (Five-College Inc. Program)
RG-60/5/2
Public School Students, Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Model for
see Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Model for Public School Students (TEAMS) RG-7/12
Public Service Council (1968)
see Inter-Campus Committees–Public Service Council RG-3/100
Public Service Fund
see Healy Endowment/Public Service Fund (Research and Graduate Studies) RG-9/2/4
Public Services (Library)
RG-8/3
Public Services Office (Library) (1953- )
RG-8/3/1
Public Student Coalition (Student Association) (1976)
RG-45/45/P8
Publications (Official University Committee) (1916-1927)
RG-40/2/P9
Publications and Broadcast Board, Student (1966, 1969)
RG-45/30/P8
Publications and Public Relations (Official University Committee) (1954-1956)
RG-40/2/P9.2
Publications Committee (Faculty Senate, 1970)
RG-40/2/A3
Publications Department
RG-39/8
Publications Office (Public Affairs)
RG-5/4
Publications, Official
see Printed, mimeos, etc. (University as a Whole) RG-1/00
Publications Policy (Official University Committee) (1949-1950)
RG-40/2/P9.1
Publications, Student
see Student Publications RG-45/00
Publicity
see UMass News (Release) RG-5/3
Publicity (Official University Committee) (1926-1927)
RG-40/2/P9.5
Publicity about UMass (Public Affairs)
RG-5/10
Histories and historians ‘ files (1898- ) RG-1 201
Pulse, Project
see Student Affairs Research and Education Office (SAREO) RG-30/27

Q

QTV Fraternity (1869-1997)
RG-45/90/Q8
Quarry, Pelham (Physical Plant) (1866)
RG-36/50/Q8
Quarterly, The (1958-1959)
see Collegian Quarterly (1938-1962) RG-45/00/C6.2
Quest Program, The (Chancellor’s Office) (1985- )
RG-4/9/1
Questor (Student Publication) (1974)
RG-45/00/Q8
Quilt Project, AIDS Memorial
see AIDS Memorial Quilt Project (1992- ) RG-11/20

New WORLD Theater

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New WORLD Theater Records, 1979-2010.

41 boxes (61.5 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 025/F2/N4
Photo by Edward Cohen, 2002
Photo by Edward Cohen, 2002

New WORLD Theater was founded at UMass Amherst in 1979 by Roberta Uno with the mission of presenting innovative works of theater by contemporary artists of color, with the goal of fostering creative communities, promoting cultural equity, and embracing diverse cultural backgrounds, social engagement, and a commitment to justice. For more than thirty years New WORLD Theater produced many dozens of plays and other dramatic works representing new voices in the theater, as well as plays from the traditional multicultural repertory, and they have supported the arts through performance residencies, conferences and colloquia, and a variety of initiatives aimed at the diverse communities they serve, youth, and theater professionals. New WORLD Theater has contributed significantly to national conversations on cultural equity. After more than three decades of acclaim and recognition, New WORLD Theater was closed by UMass Amherst in summer 2010.

The bulk of the New WORLD Theater collection consists of administrative records documenting the day-to-day activities of the theater, however, it also contains an extensive and exceptionally rich archive of taped interviews, conferences, and theatrical productions. Taken together, the audiovisual material traces the history of New WORLD through the words and performances of artists who both contributed to and benefited from the theater.

Subjects

  • African Americans--Drama
  • American drama--Minority authors
  • Asian Americans--Drama
  • Ethnic groups--United States--Drama
  • Hispanic Americans--Drama
  • Minorities--United States--Drama
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Contributors

  • New WORLD Theater
  • Page, Priscilla
  • Uno, Roberta, 1956-

Types of material

  • Audiovisual materials
  • Sound recordings

Stonewall Center

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Stonewall Center Records, 1962-2005.

22 boxes (33 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 030/2/6

Following a series of homophobic incidents on the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985, the Program for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns was established as an administrative center in the Office of Student Affairs. Later renamed after the notorious riots in New York, the Stonewall Center has provided the campus and surrounding community with cultural and educational programming through speakers, films, video and book library, Speakers Bureau on LGBTQ issues, referrals and support, advocacy and community outreach.

The records of the Stonewall Center include documentation of day to day operations, including phone logs, memos, and budget information, as well as posters and press releases for events, publications, campus and external reports, training manuals, surveys, newspaper clippings, and ephemera such as banners, tee-shirts, and buttons.

Subjects

  • Gay college students--Massachusetts
  • Gays--Services for
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Students
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Program for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns

Contributors

  • Stonewall Center
  • Yeskel, Felice

Topol, Sidney

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Sidney Topol Papers, 1944-1997.

52 boxes (78 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 374
Sidney Topol
Sidney Topol

An innovator and entrepreneur, Sidney Topol was a contributor to several key developments in the telecommunications industries in the latter half of the twentieth century. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (1947) and an engineer and executive at Raytheon and later Scientific-Atlanta, Topol’s expertise in microwave systems led to the development of the first effective portable television relay links, allowing broadcasts from even remote areas, and his foray into satellite technologies in the 1960s provided the foundation for building the emerging cable television industry, permitting the transmission of transoceanic television broadcasts. Since retiring in the early 1990s, Topol has been engaged in philanthropic work, contributing to the educational and cultural life in Boston and Atlanta.

The product of a pioneer in the telecommunications and satellite industries and philanthropist, this collection contains a rich body of correspondence and speeches, engineering notebooks, reports, product brochures, and photographs documenting Sidney Topol’s forty year career as an engineer and executive. The collection offers a valuable record of Topol’s role in the growth of both corporations, augmented by a suite of materials stemming from Topol’s tenure as Chair of the Electronic Industries Association Advanced Television Committee (ATV) in the 1980s and his service as Co-Chair of a major conference on Competitiveness held by the Carter Center in 1988.

Subjects

  • Boston (Mass.)--Social conditions--20th century
  • Cable television
  • Electronic Industries Association
  • Raytheon Company
  • Scientific-Atlanta

Contributors

  • Topol, Sidney

University of Massachusetts Amherst. Arts Extension Service

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Arts Extension Service Records, 1973-2005.

7 boxes (9.5 linear feet).
Call no.: RE 007/5

The Arts Extension Service (AES), a national arts service organization located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the nation’s leading provider of professional arts management education, serving the arts through education, research, and publications. The AES distinguished itself as the first program in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and it has subsequently added a range of training programs for state, regional and local arts agencies, including Peer Advising and Artist-in-Business, research services, and two online Certificates in Arts Management.

The records of the Arts Extension Service (AES) are divided into three series: Administration; Programs; and Publications. Series one dates from 1973-2004 and contains correspondence, consulting logs, contracts, course catalogs, organizational plans, press releases, books, booklets, forms and documents. Series two dates from 1977-2005 and contains correspondence, handouts, flyers, news clippings, brochures, pamphlets, reports, proposals, registration forms, grants, evaluation forms, schedules, and planning documents. Series three is composed of news manuals, catalogs, news clippings, newspapers, books, booklets, advertisements, correspondence, entry forms and handbooks that date from 1974-1999.

Subjects

  • Arts--Education
  • Arts--Management

University of Massachusetts Amherst. Associations with Other Institutions

University of Massachusetts Amherst. Associations with Other Institutions

Materials relating to UMass participation in regional and national consortia and other initiatives, including its associations with fellow land grant institutions, the New England Board of Higher Education, the University of El Salvador (its sister university), and cooperation through the Four and Five College Consortia. The record group also includes records of the Massachusetts Review (but see MS 555) and WFCR radio.

Subjects

  • Five Colleges Inc
  • Massachusetts Review
  • New England Board of Higher Education
  • WFCR (Radio station : Amherst, Mass.)

Contributors

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Waugh, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1869-1943

DigitalFinding aid

Frank A. Waugh Papers, 1896-1983.

Frank A Waugh with flute
Frank A Waugh with flute

Born in Wisconsin but raised and educated in Kansas, Frank Waugh got his first teaching job at Oklahoma State University. He went on to teach at the University of Vermont and finally settled down in Amherst, as a professor at Massachusetts Agricultural College. While at Mass Aggie, he became well know for establishing the second landscape gardening department in the country, later the department of landscape architecture. At a time when the field of landscape architecture was still taking root, Waugh’s influence was significant in shaping the profession. His contributions include numerous articles and books, the designs he planned and implemented, and the many students he taught and mentored. A natural offshoot of his work as a landscape architect, Waugh pursued other artistic avenues as well, most notably photography and etching. He served at MAC, later Massachusetts State College, for nearly forty years before retiring in 1939.

The collection includes an extensive representation of Waugh’s published articles along with biographical materials. The centerpiece, however, is the large number of photographs, lantern slides, and etchings. While his publications reveal the mind of a pioneer in his field, together these images portray the heart and soul of Waugh as an artist.

Subjects

  • Landscape architecture--United States--History
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Horticulture

Contributors

  • Waugh, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1869-1943

Types of material

  • Etchings
  • Lantern slides
  • Photographs

Wood, Robert Coldwell, 1923-2005

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Robert Coldwell Wood Papers, 1964-1977.

43 boxes (21.5 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 003/3 W66
Robert Coldwell Wood
Robert Coldwell Wood

A distinguished political scientist, specialist on urban affairs, and advisor to two U.S. Presidents, Robert Coldwell Wood was named the first President of the new University of Massachusetts system. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard (PhD 1949), Wood built his academic reputation on the faculty at MIT. An advisor to John F. Kennedy on urban policy, he served in the Johnson administration as Under-Secretary, and briefly Secretary, of Housing and Urban Development before coming to UMass in 1970. His Presidency was marked by considerable turmoil as he navigated the reorganization of the university into a system of three campuses and as he struggled with discontent among students and faculty and conflict with the legislature. Wood died in April 2005 at the age of 81.

Although far from a comprehensive record, the Wood papers offer insight into the tumultuous tenure of Robert C. Wood as President of the University of Massachusetts, 1970-1977. The largest series in the collection (Series 2) consists of the central office files from Boston, including a fairly full record of outgoing correspondence, materials on staff and facilities at the various campuses, minutes of meetings and reports, and records of Wood’s numerous trips and lecture engagements while in office.

Subjects

  • University of Massachusetts (System). President
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Worcester

Types of material

  • Appointment books

Abbe, Edward H.

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Edward H. Abbe Papers, 1828-2004.

22 boxes (28.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 736
Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987
Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1915 and raised largely in Hampton, Va., Edward Abbe seemed destined to be an engineer. The great nephew of Elihu Thomson, an inventor and founding partner in General Electric, and grandson of Edward Folger Peck, an early employee of a precursor of that firm, Abbe came from a family with a deep involvement in electrification and the development of street railways. After prepping at the Rectory and Kent Schools, Abbe studied engineering at the Sheffield School at Yale, and after graduation in 1938, accepted a position with GE. For 36 years, he worked in the Industrial Control Division in New York and Virginia, spending summers at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard. After retirement in 1975, he and his wife Gladys traveled frequently, cruising both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Ranging from an extensive correspondence from his high school and college days to materials relating to his family’s involvement in engineering, the Abbe collection offers an in depth perspective on an educated family. An avid traveler and inveterate keeper, Ed Abbe gathered a diverse assemblage of letters, diaries, and memorabilia relating to the history of the Abbe, Peck, Booth, Gifford, and Boardman families. The collection is particularly rich in visual materials, including albums and photographs, depicting homes, travel, and family life over nearly a century.

Subjects

  • Abbe family
  • Boardman family
  • Booth family
  • Electrical engineers
  • General Electric
  • Gifford family
  • Kent School--Students
  • Peck family
  • Rectory School--Students
  • Yale University--Students

Contributors

  • Abbe, Edward H
  • Abbe, Gladys Howard
  • Abbe, William Parker
  • Peck, Edward F
  • Peck, Mary Booth

Types of material

  • Diaries
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Photographs
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